Jake Watson and the Swamp Stomp String Band
Jake Watson and The Swamp Stomp String Band are not your average americana duo. Twangy Banjos, driving Guitars and a thudding Double Bass sit behind anything from drinking songs that’l have the room stomping their feet and shooting tequila to ballads that’l break even the most toughest folks, to ragtime songs of bar fights and gambling. The London based duo can often be found busking by the side of Thames in the day and performing in any haunt from high end cocktails joints to dimly lit Irish bars at night.
Taking a mixture of Jazz, Country, Swing, Blues and Ragtime – it is safe to say their music is to be enjoyed by people young and old, rich or poor, or who just love to stamp their feet and have a ho-down.
“Every once in a while you get to hear new music which teeters brilliantly on that cusp between the unsigned scene and what you’d expect of the sound, talent and production values of an artist that is already signed to a label… Acoustic/Folk/Blues artist Jake Watson fits that niche perfectly” – Merge Music Magazine
Brighton based singer-songwriter Charlie Thomas makes a welcome return to Folking Around, this time featuring his exciting full band. His writing style is not limited in genre and tries to find a blend between a wide spectrum of influences, in order to create something truly representative of all he absorbs.
Last time around he tentivitely pre-released his very first recordings exclusively for us. This went on to become the ‘Bedroom EP’, which was officially released on 4th February 2016, to resounding praise. The EP’s concept follows the innocence of a bedroom musician creating without compromise – capturing this period and signing off this chapter to the next.
“I’m a bit in love with this one if you couldn’t tell already. All in all this is a well-rounded, extremely promising, dreamy debut release.” – Secret Scout Blog
Mockingbird are a london based band dabbling in folk, country and bluegrass. With four part harmonies, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, a fiddle and the occasional shaky egg, their live set is unique and immersive. Taking inspiration from artists such as The Staves, Alison Krauss and the legendary Johnny Cash, these girls are ones to watch.
Dusty is a one-man band Blues musician and singer, playing percussive slide guitar and Mississippi mudharp backed with kick beats. He’s played across his native Ireland, the States, and now London, doing original songs and his take on classic covers. Having played harmonica and guitar in sessions since age 17, Dusty has fronted heavy rock bands, led folk sessions and backed indie bands with solid bass. Now playing solo, he plays session, support for bands and fronts his own gigs.